Suspected case of Ebola found in Lagos
A Liberian suspected to have the Ebola virus is being kept in a Lagos hospital, the government said yesterday.
The 40-year-old Liberian arrived in Lagos from Monrovia last Sunday, Special Adviser to Governor Babatunde Fashola on Public Health, Dr Yewande Adesina told reporters.
The briefing was attended by the Director, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Prof. Abdulsalami Nacidi; Head, Virology Reference Laboratory, Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) Dr. Sunday Omilabu; Commissioner for Information and Strategy Mr. Lateef Ibirogba, and representatives of national and international agencies involved in the prevention and control of the disease.
Dr. Adesina said the victim’s history revealed that he never had contact with a person infected with the virus.
According to her, it was also found that he had no records of partaking in the funeral of any person who died of Ebola Virus.
Dr. Adesina said: “The patient was admitted and detained on suspicion for possible EBV infections while blood sample collection and testing were initiated, including samples of the Virology Reference Laboratory LUTH, Idi-Araba. Blood samples were also sent to a World Health Organisation (WHO) Reference Laboratory in Dakar Senegal which is actively in process and results are pending.
“Presently, the patient’s condition is stable and he is recovering. The diarrhoea and vomiting have stopped … Universal Infection Prevention and Control has been instituted to prevent spread of the disease and guarantee safety of other patient and staff of the health facility.”
Nacidi said the Federal Government was not leaving Lagos State alone in the struggle to prevent the disease from spreading.
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